So I’m a bit of a miser- though, I prefer the word spendthrift. It brings to mind images of the “buy it, make it , or do without” posters of WWII.
Imagine ladies darning socks, canning victory garden crops, and all that.
In that vein, if I can’t make it, or do without it, I check Craigslist to see if I can thrift it. I love checking out the weird (and sometimes awesome!) stuff people post on there.
Recently, I’ve been on the hunt for good used gear, and I’ve gotta say, I’ve done pretty well. There’s a pair of men’s textile pants I bought that are too big for me – but I got a jacket, boots, and pants that fit for $235. Not bad.
My helmet and gloves are new, but I was able to save a bit by shopping around and waiting until the prices came down a little.
I did spend of lot of time hunting the gear down. Time I could’ve spent gardening, skating, or painting my nails…although I’m pretty sure there were a few times I did paint my nails while gear-shopping online. Time isn’t a drawback to just shopping on Craigslist though, you could enter a time warp perusing Ebay, Mod cloth, or Fab too. My general idea of the benefits vs hazards of Craigslist follows: